Cranbrook Pride is praising efforts of local Mounties to make the city more accepting of LGBTQ culture.
RCMP recently announced the launch of the BC Safe Space program in the Key City, offering people shelter if they are feeling unsafe and want to wait for police support.
Pride Co-Chair Gary Dalton feels the program provides extra protection for all citizens across the board.
“The capacity to have visible signage that says this is a safe space to be can only support safety for everybody in Cranbrook,” Dalton says.
Dalton encourages people to ask businesses what it takes to have that sign.
“We know that there is a high rate of suicide and bullying that happens around the pride community,” Dalton says. “By exposing some of these myths, we can certainly providing an element of safety for everybody.”
Dalton feels this program should help LGBTQ residents have more visibility throughout Cranbrook and find more support.
He says more visibility is needed around Cranbrook to uncover some of the resistance against gay pride.
– Gary Dalton, Cranbrook Pride Co-Chair